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From 11K RT on American: A sweet spot for North American flight redemptions

In light of the new Chase Iberia Visa Signature that came out last week, a reader asked about 11,000 Avios round-trip redemptions on American Airlines. I was surprised by the question because at the time I didn’t know what he was talking about. Somehow, a great sweet spot for North American flight redemptions had been hiding under my nose undetected. I’ve often said that it’s hard to maintain an encyclopedic knowledge of all of the domestic and…

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Los Angeles to Hong Kong from $315 nonstop RT

A Thrify Traveler Premium email today alterted me to a nice deal posted yesterday by Fly4Free: Hong Kong Airlines has some great prices available for travel from Los Angeles to Hong Kong this spring: from $315 round trip nonstop. I’m not very familiar with Hong Kong Airlines, but they fly an A350 on this route and there is no additional charge for meals, checked bags, or seats — so this is a great price if you don’t mind traveling in economy…

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New Kimpton Promo: 5,000 Points Per Stay For Next Two Stays (Targeted)

Kimpton 2x 5,000 points

IHG Rewards Club is sending out targeted emails inviting members to register for a promotion offering 5,000 points per stay on their next two Kimpton stays. The Deal Register for the promotion and earn 5,000 points per stay for your next two Kimpton stays. Direct link (Targeted). Key Terms Register, book & stay by April 30. Must be an IHG Rewards Club member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion.…

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New Delta award flash sale: from 50K RT to Asia

Delta is out with another award ticket flash sale today, with tickets to Asia from 50,000 SkyMiles round trip in main cabin seating (economy class). They also have a sale going on cash tickets, which might be a better deal in some instances. You’ll need to book by March 20th for travel through May 24th. The Deal Delta award flash sale: from 50K miles round trip on select routes to Asia Direct link to this promotion Key Terms Book by March 20th, 2018…

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A new UPS smorgas-portal: Deal or no deal?

In a shipping notification email from UPS this week, I noticed a link advertising “hundreds of ticket deals & offers, updated daily”. Always a sucker for a deal, I clicked through and found that UPS has its own shopping portal of sorts, called UPS My Choice Deals. It’s actually part shopping portal, part OTA, part local deal site, part Entertainment book, part employee purchasing program….a smorgasboard of deal sites rolled into one. I’m not sure whether or…

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How to book your Marriott free night before you get it

The Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card offer a free category 1-5 certificate each year upon renewal. Once the Marriott free night certificate arrives, you can use it by simply booking a category 1-5 night using points at and the system will automatically apply your certificate rather than using your points. That’s nice, but what if you want to book your reservation before your free night is available?  For…

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(EXPIRED) United award flash sale to Hawaii: 36K RT

United is offering an award flash sale good for 20% off on economy class awards to Hawaii, making the total price 36,000 miles and $11.20 round trip. United’s usual price is 45,000 miles, so this is a 9K discount. That said, there are ways to book to Hawaii for even fewer miles, including on the same flights. The Deal United Airlines award flash sale, with round trip economy class flights to Hawaii for 36,000 miles round trip (20% off) Key Terms Valid…

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The Fine Print: Fighting Citi Prestige’s ‘Trip Delay’ Shenanigans

Introduction As points enthusiasts, our priority is meeting the requirement to obtain the signup bonus. The next priority is to maximize the benefits that come with the card.  These perks include free Global Entry, reimbursement for airline tickets, and lounge access. An overlooked benefit is trip delay and cancellation coverage which can come in handy when itineraries don’t go as planned. Citi Prestige: Nick’s Positive Experience Nick has written about how he was reimbursed $500…

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(EXPIRED) Delta Award Flash Sale: South America From 36,000 Miles Round Trip

Delta Award Flash Sale to South America

If you have any SkyMiles burning a hole in your pocket, Delta’s having an award flash sale to various cities in South America. Round trip flights are available from just 36,000 miles per person. The Deal Book a round trip flight to South American cities from 36,000 SkyMiles round trip. Direct link. Key Terms Book by March 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET for travel from August 15 to October 31, 2018. Sale Award Tickets…

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